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or 130,000 net new jobs every month in the united states just to hold the unemployment rate where it is. and we've lost, perhaps, 8 million in the decade. so to claw back and actually have a total employment growth with rising labor income, in my view, i'm not as optimistic as michelle. >> a lot of people do feel if we start to see some job growth and if indeed the numbers match what your expectations are that the fed might move on interest rates. do you agree? >> i think that that is going to be willing to tolerate faster growth, if as long as the inflation situation remains under control. you know, as david said, even with our optimistic employment numbers it's going take -- it's going to take years to get the unemployment back toward the level it was at before we went into this recession and as long as the unemployment rate is slack in the economy, the fed doesn't think inflation will be a problem. so they're going to stand, i think they'll stand pat, but i think they may be surprised and inflation will never be as tame as they expect and as the economy improves we'll see pressure. s
some resistance, particularly, unfortunately, in the united states because for the united states to participate they would need congressional approval. i'm actually quite optimistic that this may happen and if did it happen it would make a serious effort. >> it's a serious idea. >> 100 billion there, 100 billion here, these days we only talk in trillions. >> i know that you also talking about a billion dollars of your own money when you look at investing in clean technology. >> yes. >> green technology. >> yes. >> tell me where the opportunities are in that? >> we have time to focus on -- to be on the cutting-edge of technology, to move it forward, so taking carbon out of coal. that's a stumbling block that needs to be overcome. it's a technology that needs to be developed. we have a small investment there. and solar energy. >> how do you see things now in terms of the environment, globally speaking and in the u.s. right now? where are we in the cycle >> in a difficult spot because i think the collapse of the depression was prevented. the economy has begun to move forward, but it
. the united states of america needs to get to the hotel montana and get our children now! >> reporter: the university group of 14 had come to distribute food to poor haitian people the day before the disaster. the missing students were in their rooms when it happened, the teachers in the gym. the eight who survived, most of whom were by the hotel's pool, have spoken about wanting to come back here for their teammates. >> after we hugged our parents and loved ones and felt safe, we were all like ready to go back, because we're missing two professors and four other students. >> reporter: the family of courtney hayes from georgia has traveled to the dominican republic looking for information and for their child in hospitals. the parents of britney gangel, who were originally told she had been found alive, only to then hear the heartbreaking truth, can only wait and know that rescuers here are trying to help answer their prayers. >> we need a miracle now. >> reporter: with more than 100 people thought to still be inside, this place now represents the destruction that has befallen families
in charge. the united states has really taken de facto control of the air strip. here is what is happening as we go on the air tonight. the international red cross made news today, grim news with their latest estimates that the death toll before it's over will number between 45,000 and 50,000. the urgent needs right now, food, water and fuel. as everyone here has said, as the president himself said today, aid to haiti is a top priority for everyone in the free world. again, another desperate day here in haiti, a race against time that continues around the clock. this city has been crushed. from the air it looks like the life has gone out of it, and from the ground, it almost has. the bodies are everywhere, frozen under the concrete. some painful last moments, terrified people grasping each other for comfort. there are so many of the dead, the morgue is full. today, haiti's president estimated he has buried 7,000 citizens so far in a common grave. >> we need some help to carry them dead bodies and try to bury them. >> dazed and numb, the living seem almost oblivious, except for the smell of
sought to strike, not only american targets in yemen, but the united states, itself. >> the president made it clear where the fault lies for the failed attack on christmas day. >> this was not a failure to collect intelligence. it was a failure to integrate and understand the intelligence that we already had. >> reporter: today's meeting comes as the administration finds itself on the defensive about how it initially handled the incident. >> sadly, the president is judged more on his public relations than on his governing. >> reporter: the challenge for the administration is clear -- >> terrorists only have to be lucky or successful once. we have to be successful every single time. that is an incredibly high standard, but one we should aspire to. >> reporter: and the president indicated just that. >> the margin for error is slim. the consequences of failure can be catastrophic. >> reporter: brian, the president also confirmed publically that the united states would no longer release any guantanamo bay detainees of yemeni descent back to their home country. guantanamo bay may not shut
are pouring in to haiti from the united states. a local doctor born in haiti is heading back to help perform surgery's. our reporter spoke with them tonight. she joins us live in the studio with the story. >> the doctor is an anesthesiologist at the medical center at st. joseph's. with the support of his association and using his own vacation time, he is making the trek back to help his homeland. this doctor was born in haiti but moved to the united states with his family a year later. he has other family members living there. when he heard the news of the earthquake, he tried to contact them immediately. >> we were finally able to hear from them, and they are all safe. it affects me a little bit more than that. >> he got together with a friend, and they put together a team of medical professionals who are taking their own vacation time to travel to haiti to help. packed up boxes of medical supplies to take with them. >> we want to bring our operating room to haiti. almost a week after the event, most of the crus injuries and the orthopedic trauma that has existed, we may be doing imputation
were crushed. desperation. >> no hospital. no electricity. nothing. >> the united states is taking the lead in getting help to haiti. >> we have to be there for them in their hour of need. >> the u.s. vincent was deployed. army, aircraft and marines. his house barely standing, haiti's president spoke to brian williams. >> i know the -- of the people of the united states. i thank them for this gesture. >> haitian-americans gathered in washington and new york holding vigil for millions caught in a cruel disaster. still about 45,000 americans in haiti. so far only a fraction of them have contacted the u.s. embassy. >> this morning four johns hopkins students in haiti are said to be ok and local aid is on the way. >> good morning. well, the u.s. navy command has yet to say whether the ship will be headed to haiti but we know it has been activated and we know it is set to set sail on monday. it needs five days to get the ship ready. 60-70 civil mariners. their job will be to navigate, operate and maintain the u.s.s. comfort which is a floating hospital. they have 12 operating rooms alon
hillary clinton traveled to the region today, personally delivering usa. >> the united states is a friend, a partner, and a supporter. >> but as the food, water, and medical supplies make their way to those who need them most, it has become clear the massive relief effort still does not even come close to matching the need here. >> at the white house today, three united states presidents promised help for haiti. president obama announced that president george w. bush and bill clinton have agreed to throw their weight behind a massive fund raising effort. brian moore has that story from washington. >> president obama and listed his two predecessors for a massive fund raising effort. >> these two leaders send an unmistakable message to the people of haiti and the people of the world. in these difficult hours, america stands united. >> generous americans have already given millions. in pasadena, the owners did -- donors did not even have to step out of their car. vice-president by and ushered haitian americans that help is coming, despite a logistical bottleneck caused by the widespread deva
them deal with it. >> the united states is offering powerful assistance to haiti and others in the region. we will provide civilian and military disaster relief and humanitarian assistance. >> emergency response teams have been called up from virginia and california. >> there is specialized equipment. some of it is helping to search for victims trapped underneath concrete. >> at least a couple of americans are believed to be trapped in the rubble. a series -- serious loss of life is expected to there. >> we have been working so hard trying to get over the devastation of the last four hurricanes that took place within weeks of each other in 2008. >> the american red cross has pledged $200,000 in assistance and is sending in teams to haiti to help victims get food, water, and shelter. wbal-tv. >> stress affects all americans. a steady to tell you about. >> -- study to tell you about. >> and a girl receives three doses of the swine flu vaccine. it doesn't pose a threat? we will tell you when we come back -- does it pose a it's not fun. my dry skin is deep down uncomfortable. [
way. >> to have the president of the united states once again affirming the importance of community college is very energizing and exciting. >> president obama says he wants to get a break to college graduates who take as student loans. they will be required to pay only 10% of their income on student loans. and they will be forgiven after 10 years if they choose a career in public service. >> the president's stop in baltimore tomorrow will start earlier than expected. at noon, he is expected at the renaissance hotel at the house gop retreat. it is said to be another attempt at bipartisanship. but before that, he will tour the machine co., a small business in highlandtown. that is where he is expected to detail his job creation proposal. he began unveiling it today in florida. >> will be building a high-speed rail lines right here in tampa, putting people to work. >> included in the present $8 billion national rail project is a system that would connect baltimore to b.w.i. marshall airport. members of the baltimore city council want to reduce the power given to the mayor and to the c
to the united states. during this disaster, the world has shown an overwhelming amount of caring and compassion, and we saw that in action tonight as 22 marylanders volunteered to bring help to a country that desperately needs it. they are packed, ready to go, and going to haiti tonight. a 22-member medical team from shock trauma. governor martin o'malley was there to say goodbye. >> i wanted to thank all the people here from the university of maryland for representing all of us and trying to provide some relief to people who are suffering and hurting after the earthquake. >> field hospitals are overflowing and have long waiting lists. many haitians could die unless the u.s. military resumes airless to the united states. >> it is difficult to release these people with no food and no house. it is challenging. >> residents are turning to a black market for badly needed medical supplies, which is why these maryland doctors and nurses are bringing 8,000 pounds of equipment, medications, and supplies to the capital city. they will work round-the-clock shifts, performing up to 200 surgery's a week, l
nation. the capital city in ruins. the population now facing a struggle to survive, as the united states and the world rush to help. this special edition of "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >> good evening, i'm lester holt in new york. brian williams is in haiti tonight. a country brought to its knees by a catastrophic 7.0 earthquake. brian joins us on the telephone from port-au-prince with the very latest. >> reporter: lester, this is a desperate country tonight. we are in the middle of a dark tarmac in port-au-prince international airport in haiti. imagine there is no power, no lights unless they're coming off the aircraft. no food or water to speak of, and now the relief flights are starting to come in. you hear the prop wash from one plane in the background. some of them, and this is the cost of good intentions, are dropping relief supplies on a tarmac. there aren't enough people or moving vehicles with gasoline to come and get the bandages and syringes. we saw one fetal monitor that stood in the middle of one tarmac with no one to claim it. th
the homegrown terrorism and why he's appealing to people in the united states suddenly is that the muslim community in the united states was thought to have been for a long time a very moderate, reasonable community. but now it's increasingly becoming radicalized according to national security experts in part because we've been at war for eight, nine years now in afghanistan and iraq. chris: and probably the result of eight years since 9-11, all this time of us fighting the muslims in the world. >> right. >> i think that we've been deluded by the bottom line good news here. the real good news is that when al qaeda actually tries to control a territory, like anbar province in iraq, average muslims don't like it. they don't like that style of life. they don't like the extremism. >> exactly. >> but it doesn't take very many people to cause a whole lot of trouble. chris: you said a couple thousand al qaeda out there probably. >> right. and the other thing is -- as to what joe said, national security experts estimate there is -- well, there's 28 to 30 known attacks that have been foiled agains
on "today" and tonight on "nbc nightly news" right here on this nbc station. >>> and with the united states launching a major relief operation, secretary of state hillary clinton is cutting short her pacific trip to help spearhead the american aid effort. secretary clinton had been scheduled for travel to new guin guinea, australia and new zee land. instead, clinton will be heading back to washington where she will lead the state department's relief efforts. >>> and later on the "today" show, meredith vieira speaks with secretary clinton about the qaa fast any in haiti and what steps the u.s. will be taking with relief efforts. that's this morning on "today" right here on your nbc station. >>> and as the united states brings aid to haiti, the question of health care here at home continues to dominate on capitol hill. following a meeting yesterday, president obama and democratic leaders say they've moved forward on an overhaul but have yet to settle on a final deal. meanwhile, a group of 15 attorneys general are now threaten to go sue over a controversial subsidy that would reportedly bring
stepped up security measures when flying into the united states. with global threats rapidly emerging, the list targets old foes from libya, iran, pakistan and iraq. nbc's brian mooar reports. >> reporter: passengers flying into the united states from other countries will face tougher random screenings, including full body scans. travelers from seven high-risk countries, including nigeria and yemen, will be getting full body patdowns and hands-on luggage inspections. it's the latest fall out from northwest flight 253, a plot allegedly hatched by al qaeda. >> part of something larger from al qaeda. >> reporter: on the sunday talk shows, white house counterterrrorism adviser, john brennan committed the nation's intelligence agencies had but failed to connect a series of dots. still, he insists the system wasn't broken. >> there was no smoking gun. we might have had a partial name but there was nothing that brought it altogether. >> reporter: that echo tom contain, who argues the obama administration has been distracted by heating care and other challenges. >> it's understandable but not
in the united states die from choking. but as courtney reports, with a little bit of knowledge, you might be able to save a life. >> doctors, paramedics, lifeguards - they're all trained to save lives. but they're not always going to be around when you need them. that's why it's important to learn life-saving techniques that you can use at home, school or just hanging out with friends. >> alex, do you know what to do if someone is choking? >> well, i know you're supposed to use the heimlich maneuver but i don't know how to do it. >> me neither. so we went to find an expert to show us how to do it, and guess what? we found the expert -- dr. heimlich, himself. the man who invented the heimlich maneuver. he's going to show us the correct way to do it. hi, dr. heimlich. >> hi, courtney. >> so, what do we do first? >> stand up. this is one way to do it, standing up. it's the most common way, okay? what you're going to do is you're going to put you're your arms around, you're going to feel for the bottom of the ribcage with your hand here. so you're always below that ribcage. you're going to ma
and they lost. now obama is the most likely next president of the united states and democratic nominee and they go crazy. bill clinton is accusing obama of busing in supporters. he's saying he stole the caucus. hillary is so depressed. she turns to her husband and says, maybe the problem is not my campaign, maybe they just don't like me. chris: let's go to new hampshire. kelly. new hampshire was the second big round. hillary clinton upset barack obama at that point. a lot of people thought she won, because people liked her. there was empathy and she showed weakness in terms of her emotions. the clintons apparently read that differently. they said we beat this guy because we went for the jugular and we're going to do it again. >> the mind-set was a reluctance to allow her sensitive side to be seen, in part because remember she had been first lady and although not the softness of first ladies, that east wing influence when you're talking about the first woman president was uncomfortable if them when they wanted to portray her as tough enough for the job. to allow her to be seen as a soft
reshaping his agenda but an attempt to better explain and defend it. >> the president of the united states. >> in his first address tonight, he takes on the first issue, the economy. >> how to get it back on a firmer foundation. what do we do to put our government back on. >> the middle class is expected to be a dominant theme. he is rolling out new initiatives this week. >> somehow over the past year, independencts have turned againt the president. there is a perception that he may be on this side of wall street and main street. >> i will not stop fighting for you. >> his message tonight, substance not rhetoric says his former speech writer. >> speeches are not going to fix anything. what is going to fix things is a change in policy. >> aides say the president will touch on health care even though it remained in limbo. he will discuss their efforts to combat terrorism. in washington, wbal-tv. >> you can watch his state of the union speech tonight tv 11. >> should marijuana use be legalized in maryland? legislators will tackle that shortly. patients would need a prescription and are requir
to the united states. >> reporter: the report concludes it was not information sharing among agencies, but more systemic. a failure of analysis, connecting the dots, and now in hindsight, a failure to follow up on the lead that al qaeda in yemen wanted to strike the u.s. on the homeland. >> we must follow the leads that we get, and we must pursue them until plots are disrupted. that means assigning clear lines of responsibility. >> reporter: the president issued 16 new reforms he wants implemented at key agencies including state, review how u.s. visas are issued and revoked. homeland security. pursue new technologies and procedures for screening airline passengers. cia. strengthen procedures on terrorist watch lists. fbi, conduct a full review of the terrorist-screening data base. a senior state department official tells nbc news a simple misstepping of abdul muttalab's name is why no one knew he had a valid visa. >> the president is investing a billion dollar more in aviation security around the world. he said we've got to get a handle on improving airport security. all it took this past sunda
earthquake victims to the united states. kerry sanders will have more on that in a moment, but our coverage from port-au-prince begins with nbc's michelle kosinski and those americans accused of child trafficking. michelle, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. there's this wall of confusion. the i shall on both sides being what exactly is going on here. the haitian government believes this church group was involved in an illicit adoption scheme. the group says it was simply moving some orphans to a better home. but how much they knew about these children and how much they should have known are serious questions tonight. 33 children, age 2 months to 12 years, were taken off a bus that had been stopped trying to cross the xwroerd inborder into the d republic. the kids had been in the care of ten americans, an idaho baptist church group now held in jail for a second day by haitian authorities and accused of attempted child trafficking. the government here says the americans had no official documents for these children. >> without passport, without paper. >> reporter: the group told
. should they be frustrated and angry at him? >> he's the president of the united states. ultimately he accepts responsibility and he knows that he has to move our country in a new direction. he said from the beginning it's going to be tough and challenging and he isn't shying away from that challenge. he said he's going to continue to fight. that's what he's going to do. every single morning he wakes up recommitted to fighting on behalf of our country. every night before he goes to bed he reads letter from 10 people around the country, sometimes children, asking for help. the people in america love this country. they are willing to work hard. >> do they have reason to be frustrated at him? >> they have a reason with everybody because we have not delivered yet. we're in washington and we have to change the culture here. that's not something that's easy. it's not something that's going to happen overnight but certainly they have every reason to be frustrated. there is also a "washington post" poll that said look, if you show people what is in health care, they are supportive of it. and p
american security at risk whether in yemen or here in the united states but we need to make sure that we are a country of laws and maintain that standard so that we are able to treat these individuals the way they should be treated, prosecute them if we have the information available, transfer them back, but make sure if transferred back the countries take the appropriate steps to safeguard us and them. >> republicans have been critical of this president. and accuse him of returning to a pre-9/11 mentality, lax in the face of terror, of essentially letting america's guard down. former vice president dick cheney said this past week. how do you respond? >> i'm disappointed in the vice president's comments. i'm neither a republican or a democrat. i worked for the past five administration. either the vice president is willfully miss characterizing this president's position both in terms of language he uses and the actions he's taken or he's -- it doesn't speak well what if the vice president is doing. clear evidence is that this president has been very, very strong in his inaugural address h
here to the united states. but i think those body scanners and other things need to be part of this. >> would those scanners have detected the level of petn that abdulmutallab was carrying? >> i think it's unknown. but i think it would have enhanced our potential for actually identifying it. >> why is he being treated as an enemy combatant instead of a criminal? >> we're a country of laws and what we're going to do is make sure that we treat each individual case appropriately. in the past richard reed, the former shoe bomber, all of them were charged in criminal courts, were sentenced in some cases to life imprisonment. we have tools available whether it's enemy combatant or charge them criminally. we look at the cases and in this case decided it was best to charge them criminally. >> would there be additional intelligence that could be gleaned by making him an enemy combatant? do you believe whatever you are learning from him was the christmas day plot part of something larger from al qaeda and the arain bran peninsula? >> we have different ways of obtaining information. a lot of p
speaker, the president of the united states. [ cheers and applause ] >> the president and behind him trailing the leadership. majority leader reid in the senate. andrea, the pressure of things like health care -- of course, health care is controversial because the white house said, here you go, you can start this process, work it out. the burden comes back down to the capitol. >> it does and speaker pelosi today floated one avenue, a big stretch, but taking individual components, passing them in the senate first and then in the house by 51 votes. those that are fiscal measures can be done with the budget process they call reconciliation. they can't do any of the nontax orifice call measur-- or the fi measures that way. the white house wants to de-emphasize this year. it will be about jobs, jobs, jobs. jobs in the economy. there you see the first lady. all of the members who have positioned -- there's elliot engel from new york. >> state of new york. >> he told savannah guthrie and chuck todd this morning on msnbc at 8:00 this morning he put down the tape and marked that spot. sheila
the u.s. military resumes air lift to the united states. >> it's very difficult to discharge these people on the street with no food, no house. and it's challenging. >> many pharmacies in porta prince were destroyed in the quake. residents now turning to a black market for badly needed medical supplies, which is why these maryland doctors and nurses are bringing 8,000 pounds of equipment, medications and supplies to the capital city. once they're on the ground, they'll work round the clock shifts performing up to 200 surgeries a week, laying the groundwork for a long-term emergency medical response. >> it's something that this hospital is going to be doing for a while with the people in haiti for six months to get them started so they can take care of their patients on their own. >> by bringing what maryland does best, which is compassion and healing, to other people in this world. >> and the shock trauma team will be replace bade new team prom baltimore in a few weeks. >> it's 18 degrees. some maryland home owners are getting a break on their mortgages. >> plus, joining us i
to the united states. >> providing medical aid in the nation are doctors from the baltimore region that are using their own time to help to heal the wounded. gen as their stories. >> good morning, and obgyn and her husband who is a dentist are part of a team there now. the medical center is leading with help. dr. max hobart was born in haiti and after learning that his relatives were safe he decided to give their right away. he and his friend that was an orthopedic surgeon are taking their own vacation time with eight other medical professionals that they range -- a range of. they packed up their own medical supplies. >> after the event, the trauma that exists, we may be dng amputations more than anything else. >> the plan to camp out and work long hours to help as many victims as they can. meanwhile, one team is already treating victims. carol ritter and her husband are doctors from baltimore county. she says she is dealing with hundreds of crush injuries. broken bones and burns. her husband says that they are lacking suture materials and antibiotics. >> of the readers are pretty
and magnitude away from the united states to create this kind of bipartisanship? >> well, i think that with something like this happens inside the united states we act in the same way. i think that it reminds us of our common humanity, of the needs that go beyond fleeting disagreements, whatever our policy disputes are, don't seem to matter much when people are dying. and hungry and sick. i think it's just a natural human response. just as people's disagreements are natural human response and in normal times can be healthy. it wouldn't be healthy for america if, in normal times, we had no political debates. and it would be perverse if in a time like this we let lesser matters keep us from joining hands. >> president bush, you're back. >> indeed. it's a little nostalgic. i'm glad i've come back for this purpose. i must confess i really -- i miss you as a person but i don't miss the spotlight. >> i think i'll take that as a compliment. good luck to you both. thank you. >> thank you so much. >> and up next, we'll talk politics and assess the first full year of the obama presidency, o
of sunshine today, but a totally different picture tomorrow. >> vice president joe biden announced the united states will appeal a court decision dismissing manslaughter charges against five black water security guards. they are accused of the 2000 shooting that killed 14 iraqi civilians. the vice president spoke after a meeting with the president in baghdad. >> the u.s. is determined to hold accountable anyone who commits crimes against the iraqi people. while we fully respect the independence and integrity of the u.s. judicial system, we are disappointed by the judge's decision to dismiss the indictment. >> the u.s. has resisted iraqi demands that the contractors face trial in iraqi courts. >> conan bids farewell to "tonight show " viewers. we will have a look back at the show. >> one of those pacific storms is on the way. we will i calculate my own payroll. it works... pretty well. right, guys? announcer: there's an easier way. do your payroll with intuit online payroll. just enter employee hours. it calculates all the taxes and creates paychecks. get a 30-day free trial at intuit.com. hos
, then they do about the next speech. >> the president of the united states. [applause] >> to americans, tomorrow night. this morning, congress comes out with more bad news on the deficit. even allies acknowledged the president's spending freeze would only make a dent. in washington, back to you. >> metro workers were killed this morning on the tracks. happened a few blocks from the rockville metro station. workers were installing new automatic train control systems when they were hit. one died on the scene, the other of the way to the hospital. in june, eight passengers and a train operator were killed in a crash. two other workers were killed in an accident last year. >> things to their call rather than yesterday, but we are dealing with a little disturbance rotating through giving us some stuff that is trying to make it to the ground, but it is not really happening. a light makes is going on, but the air is pretty dry out there. so maybe we will just see a light flurry this afternoon. right now, it really is not making it to the ground. bottom line, temperatures in the 40's, cooler than yester
was china. japan and the united states don't want that story line. they push back a lot on that. they are a little bit skidish about that storyline. that's not one that they want to see out there. chris: that's funny. they wanted to be the country that's part or the world again. >> right? >> absolutely. and there is a difference between the obama policy and the bush policy. they don't want to lose that america should lead the world. we set the agenda. if obama loses that and we saw it late last year when he accepted the noble prize, that fed into the storyline that he doesn't necessarily believe in american exceptionalism. it's more that i want to be president of the world. it's a very effective one. and i don't think -- i think that's a constant in american politic, people want the president to believe in america exceptionalism. chris: what do you think that this president is tilting to the world? >> i'm always amazed by people's warmth towards me. at the the same time having a president who grew up in indonesia. this was always going to be a problem for barack obama. and peopl
. >> reporter: good morning. u.s. officials are announcing that the british and united states embassies are going to be closed in yemen due to an imminent threat from al qaeda. they say they are planning an atech in that country. this comes as the president said the country has become a new strong hold for an old enemy. president obama revealed for the first time what many had suspected since the attempted bombing on christmas day. al qaeda was behind it. >> it appears that he joined an affiliate of al qaeda and that this group, al qaeda in the arabian peninsula, trained him, equipped him with those explosives and directed him to attack that plane headed for america. >> reporter: the president says that the suspect, umar abdulmutallab received his training in yemen, a country wrecked by poverty and on ongoing civil war. now fertile ground for extremists driven from strong holds in afghanistan and elsewhere. >> it's really a safe haven for islamic terrorists and the yemeni government is almost powerless to stop them from operating. >> reporter: after getting initial reports earlier this
in haiti are finding new ways to get critical patients to the united states for care. 3 haitian children were airlifted by private jet today to the children's hospital in philadelphia. on wednesday, the u.s. military halted medevac flights after a dispute over where they would go and who would pay for it. >> and we would like to present this to you. 10,000 dollars. >> this seen it at a church in northwest baltimore. -- this scene at a church. the church pastor says is an effort to show the people of haiti that the church is committed to their recovery. if you drive a toyota, you will want to stay with us tonight. there is a pr push ahead of a major announcement. >> we are looking to the west to see what happens as far as the next storm. at the moment, clear skies. temperature is beginning to drop off. many adults don't meet the recommended daily intake for all vitamins and minerals through diet alone. that's why there's... it helps provide key nutrients your body could be missing. one serving of boost contains twenty-six essential vitamins and minerals plus 10 grams of protein. these nut
into the united states from other countries will face tougher screenings, including full body scans. travelers from seven high risk countries, including nigeria and yemen, will be getting full body pat downs and inspections of luggage. it is the latest security measure after the plot allegedly hatched by al qaeda. on a sunday talk show, counter- terrorism adviser john brennan admitted the intelligence issue had failed to connect a series of dots. he says the system is not broken. >> there was no piece of intelligence but said this man is a terrorist. we might have had a partial name, but there was nothing that brought it together. >> that have haunting echoes for the 9-11 commission share, who argues the delegation has been distracted by health care and other distractions. a former cia chief michael hayden says it is important -- a time for ordinary americans to make tough choices. >> what is the balance the american people want between their privacy and the security? >> the u.s. and british embassies have been ordered closed and make new evidence of kited is planning a new attack. u.s. offici
flights airborne over the united states at the time and who can guarantee that there was not another even about to happen on one of those flights. >> the u.s. is now trying to convince european nations to use more full body scanners. britain's prime minister has called for an international summit on to ever in late january to talk about preventing future terrorist attacks. >> the senate intelligence committee will be conducting its own investigation to find out why there was so much miscommunication. of those hearings begin on january 21. >> if you have never participated, you might think those poor bear jumpers are nats. but why would they do it twice? >> losing weight in getting in shape tops the list when it comes to new year's resolutions. coming up, we will show you people that are getting >> to win, you have to love sports and have the world's largest bladder. he is one of four finalists in the annual ultimate cost to no contest. the battle to see who can watch the most consecutive hours sports. and they can only go to the bathroom every eight hours. if the contest started at 11:00
have a number of units from inside state police. most folks are familiar with state troopers that patrol highways. but the state police is much larger than that. we have a large marine services bureau, aviation assets, canines, bomb technicians. we also have a watch operation center in the rock. and the job of the watch operation center is to actually dispatch, whether it's helicopters, whether it's boats, hether it's troopers, to do specific missions, responding to accidents, searching for a child who's lost in the woods, it's those types of missions that are going on all day long, actually 24 hours a day, seven days a week. >> director kelly agreed to give us an exclusive tour of the rock. >> kris, what we have here, where we're starting in the building, is really a public area of the building, outside of the secure operational side of the building. this is what we call our media room. >> this room is impressive. but it was really an honor, when director kelly invited teen kids news to come inside an area not usually open to the general media. we got a rare look behind the
basis here. the desperate search is going on in the united states in so many households from a college in the united states to individuals. they want to find out details of loved ones who are here with no power, no communication structure. that story tonight from nbc's mark potter. >> reporter: aboard a private plane, the eight survivors from lynn university arrived in ft. lauderdale, four fellow students and two faculty members still unaccounted for. a rescue team hired by the school is searching the rubble at the montana hotel in port-au-prince, where the students and staff were staying when the earthquake struck. >> i just remember it shaking. it was like a bomb going off or something, and then the ground just dropped and i hit the floor and covered my head. >> reporter: fuelling hope for those awaiting news, christy woolly from colorado springs, just learned her husband dan had just been rescued from an elevator shaft at the hotel. >> i thought last night he probably died. i didn't think he could survive three days buried in rubble, but he can. here's his picture and he's coming ho
. there is a local tsunami warning in effect. here in the united states, president obama released a statement saying, "my thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by this earthquake. we are closely monitoring the situation and stand ready to assist the people of haiti." a very difficult situation, brian. >> indeed. ron allen getting us started in our new york newsroom, thanks. >>> tomorrow marks the first public meeting of what's called the financial crisis inquiry commission. a panel set up by congress a lot like the 9/11 commission was to get to the bottom of last year's financial meltdown. the ceos of the biggest banks will be there just as they are about to reward their employees with what could be some record-breaking bonuses. cnbc's david faber here in washington to cover everything that happens tomorrow is here with us tonight. i heard somebody say today for the banking industry, this is like the start of the old watergate hearings, correct or hyperbole? >> perhaps a bit of hyperbole, but no doubt tomorrow when you have lloyd bank, john mack, jamie dimon and the new ceo of bank america a
of that christmas day airline bombing plot, today the united states unexpectedly closed its embassy there, citing specific threats against americans. security, counterterrorism, and what to do about the rising threat from inside yemen topped the president's agenda this week as he returns to washington from his hawaiian vacation. late today, however, the u.s. transportation security administration moved forward on its own with some big changes in how it secures international airline flights bound for the united states. there are a lot of moving parts to this story we want to get to. let's start with nbc's tom costello, who happens to have just arrived off a flight from europe. he joins us from our washington bureau with more on that breaking development from the tsa. tom? >> reporter: lester, good evening. the tsa is saying tonight that all international passengers traveling into the u.s. may well see enhanced random screenings, which will include pat-downs, explosive testing of luggage, and those enhanced body imaging scans before they board a flight. the tsa also says all passengers from or trav
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. they have been here since 1894. they have the largest selection of tea in the united states. we are watching the roasting of the brave and bland. how does this work? >> >we caramelized the shippers. -- sugars. >> we tried to get this on camera. it smells amazing. the smells in here are unbelievable. you have to check it out. get on the ravens bandwagon. let's talk raven -- whether. -- weather. we will see temperatures moderate tomorrow. we are looking forward to the end of the week including the saturday night playoff game against the colts. we are working on a different tree -- drink that has some chocolate in it. we are building to the grand finale. they have equipment from all over the world. it is quite an operation. it is really fascinating. >> temperatures are cold but not unusual for this time of year. we are watching some cloud cover drifting out of pennsylvania. it is not going to be completely clear to start the day today. this activity should stay north of us. you get moisture driving southbound into maryland. when high pressure is around, things stay pretty quiet. the upper 30's
bit of a bigger time frame. i think the answer is software. this is where the united states leads the world. i'm talking about it in very broadly speaking, not just application. we're talking about software in terms of boeing, aircraft, goods such as dishwashers and appliances and in terms of entertainment. look at silicon valley. twitter, linked in, yep, zinga. that's where the innovation is going to continue. that's where we lead the world. it's a positive for the united states. >> david, success stories in 2010 and beyond? >> i agree with andy. that would be on my list. two more. one is going to be mobile. the number of devices and the amount of power you have in the mobile device has grown extraordinarily in the last decade. it's going to keep growing. the second one is green. someone's going to find a way to make greener energy, electric cars or something. the global warming problem isn't going away. the anxiety about being dependent on oil from abroad is not going away. think with some support from the government, but largely because they perceive demand, we're going to see
was there, he represents the largest haitian-american community in the united states. he had his iphone with him, he shot these pictures as she was taken out. that little girl's father was there, obviously thrilled. and of course, there's a lot of hope for more moments like this. but doctors say humans can survive without access to water for about five days. so we're at the edge of potentially finding more survivors. they're still looking, however, meredith. >> and they didn't think they'd find them up to this point. wonderful news, kerry, thank you so much. >>> now here's matt. >>> changing gears here, a bit, a special election is being held in massachusetts tomorrow, that to fill the u.s. senate seat vacated by the death of ted kennedy. it is a key race in both parties have pulled out the heavy-hitters and all stops in the final days of campaigning. nbc's kelly o'donnell is in boston with more. kelly, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, matt. it's one of the biggest surprises in politics. and democrats are feeling the misery of this wintry morning. they should have the overw
the most critical injured. being flown to the united states, the critically injured. people are fighting to make it off the island. the streets are lined with people, some try to make any money they can. others are celebrating, despite the dramatic scenes of destruction and devastation that lay behind them. follow his trip on board the usns comfort and view previous reports and learn how to dominate our website, wbaltv.com. be sure to watch tonight at 8:00, a special tariff concert will be held for haiti, featuring george clooney and many stars. that's right here on wbal-tv. >> there's a new battle for the city that could cost taxpayers an additional $38 million. there's a possibility police and fire retirees were underpaid over three years. the city already faces a buildup of $165 million to keep both pensions adequately funded. although lawyers for the union suit for those additional funds? >> the city of baltimore is the sponsor of the plan. it is never a good idea to kill the goose. the city is on the hook. and the taxpayers are on the look for however this turns out. i am not convin
. >> that is great. everyone is helping there, trying to get those cows. >> as it should be in the united states. welcoming to open arms. >> yes. >>> i'm lynn berry, and this is "early today," just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station. >> good morning, everyone. the weather is nice and quiet for now. that is going to change i think later on today and tonight but the morning commute should be no problem. temperatures upper 20's and low 30's. 26 at the airport. the forecast for today, increasing clouds. sunshine this morning. clouds move in this afternoon and by this evening rain, sleet and snow developing and high temperatures in the upper 20's and low 30's. now over to the news desk. >> the time now 4:57. 29 on tv hill. here is a look ahead to the news today. >> a late night fire claims the lives of four people. >> off the coast of the devastated nation details on the mission. >> plus additional crime cameras soon to be implemented in the city are praised. >> stand you're going to be leaving any time soon, looking good out there on the major roadways. rainbow, why so blue? hmmm,
divisions and differences may exist in washington, the united states of america stands united as one country. [applause] it is that same spirit of bipartisanship that made it possible for me to sign a defense contract into a reform bill that was co-sponsored by senator mccain and members of congress here today. we have stood together on behalf of our nation's veterans. together, we passed the largest increase in the va is budget in more than 40 years and supported health care reforms to provide better access and medical care for those who served in uniform. some of you also supported credit card bill of rights in support of compensation for those americans that are out of work. and some of you supported stopping tobacco companies from targeting kids come expanding opportunities for those who serve our country, and helping responsible homeowners stay in their homes. we have a track record of working together. it is possible. but as, john, as you mentioned, on some very big things, we have seen some party-line votes that i'm just going to be honest, were disappointing. let's start with our eff
to rise, humanitarian aid pours in from the united states. one organization lending a hand is catholic relief services here in baltimore. dam it this is as bad as it is. >> the president says the organization is working to get 12 release sites up in haiti to offer food, water, and other necessities. this is at least 80% of the haitian population is catholic, and now is the time when they need their fate -- faith more than ever. >> when everything is lost, we all turn to our faith as an anger, a guide, a source of support -- an anchor, a guide, a source of support. >> the archdiocese doing what they can design support. there will be taking a collection services this week. father ross says they are having a day of solidarity on thursday, urging the congregation to skip a meal or make a sacrifice and i tend special services to pray for the haitians. >> if they cannot join us here, to take some time thursday to pray. that is the kind of assistance that can arrive immediately in haiti. whoever we are, wherever we are, we are all brothers and sisters. >> several church leaders in haiti died
of detainees not moved abroad will be tried in federal courtrooms inside the united states. now, new york city mayor, michael bloomberg, is calling on washington to cover the cost of trials set to take place in downtown manhattan. bloomberg said the cost of security for trying khalid shake muhammad would top $200 million a year. in a letter to the white house budget director, the mayor said the tough economy has already forced the city to thin the ranks of its police force. the justice department has said in the past that new york will not be asked to bear the entire financial burden. >>> now here's a look at some other stories making news "early today" in america. >>> one unhappy fast food patron in missouri did what we've all felt like doing at some point but actually would never do. she took her anger out on the mcdonald's staff after her order was messed up. heaving a bucket of mop water at employees and trashing the restaurant. the manager estimates $3,000 worth of damage. >>> in rhode island, a new year's day shooting was captured on tape. the suspect rang every buzzer in his ex-girlfrie
. a marketing research company says it is because more than 100 million users in the united states and 350 million worldwide. last month it had nearly 112 million unique visitors in the u.s. it also says that users spend twice as much time on facebook then on myspace and 10 times longer than on twitter. we finally get a look at the long awaited mr. device by a. the tablet is supposed to be available this afternoon. the internet is buzzing. among other things the apple tablet has the apps of an iphone and a 10-inch display. the announcement of reduced workers' follows the trends of the last two years by for verizon. verizon still posted a fourth quarter loss. the biggest contributing factor is that more people are cutting off their landlines. home depot is prepared to cut 1000 jobs. they sent 7 e-mail announcing the layoff to do. it is part of a structural change including closing three underperforming stores. workers will get at least 60 days' severance and be eligible for any end of the year payouts. >> now your instaweather forecast. >> it is turning out to be fairly decent today. a litt
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